Hello, friends! I hope each of you had a fabulous weekend! Thank you very very much for all of the love on my first Christmas tree of the season. I’m so glad you like it and are embracing the holidays a little early this year. I’m also thrilled you enjoyed the video! I’m hoping to do more in the future. In case you missed it, you can check it out here.
This weekend I was busy working on another project in my office. In my Painting Progress post, I showed you the butcher block countertop I purchased to turn my old workbench (found at an antique store about five years ago) into a more usable surface. Previously, the top of the piece was pretty beaten up. It had a crack in the wood and was starting to warp. Adding a new top allowed me to hide all that ugliness. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to make the top a little larger and turn workbench into an island of sorts.
I found the butcher block countertop on Amazon. I think you can get it at ikea, too. The width of the countertop was perfect, but it was a little too long. My dad helped me cut it to size.
I attached two brackets (from Home Depot) onto the front of the piece with some wood screws and then I screwed them to the new top. I decided to stain the countertop to closely match the existing piece. Since I never stained something like this, I loosely followed this tutorial and found it very helpful.
I started with Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, then applied a coat of Minwax Special Walnut Stain. Once that was dry, I applied two coats of satin polyurethane. Other than being a longer process than I anticipated (I had to allow things to dry.), it was fairly simple. I did try to save myself some time and money by applying the stain and polyurethane with cheap disposable brushes. That turned out to be a big mistake. The bristles kept falling out of the brushes so I spent a good deal of time picking bristles out of drying stain. Unfortunately, I missed some, so a few are stuck into my countertop. But there is beauty in imperfection, right?
Despite any imperfections, I’m super pleased with how workbench / island turned out. I think it’s such a great addition to the space. It’s also going to come in handy for creating, displaying, and entertaining. I’m giving it a few day to cure before I start putting things on it. I can barely stand the wait.
In other news, the green stools I was hoping to get for this piece are too short. Thankfully, I had these three stools up in my attic. I picked them up a few years ago for $7 a piece at a local antique shop. I’m thinking a coat of glossy white paint will bring them back to life and tie in nicely with my new desks.
You’ll also notice there is one curtain panel hung. I’m happy to say I found curtain rods and curtains for my space! Yay! I’m just waiting for the rest of the panels and some curtain hardware to come in. I’ll be back with more details on those as soon as I can.
What kept you busy this weekend?